President creates management council, calls for COOs

President creates management council, calls for COOs

By Dipka Bhambhani

GCN Staff


JULY 12—In a presidential memorandum issued yesterday afternoon, President Bush called for each federal agency to name a chief operating officer. Twenty-one of the COOs will comprise the newly created President's Management Council.

The council's head will be Sean O'Keefe, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Each operating officer is charged to provide overall organizational management, develop plans and measure results, oversee agency-specific efforts to integrate performance and budgeting, strengthen the work force, improve financial management, advance electronic government, and apply information and technology policies. The COOs will report directly to their agency heads.

The tasks assigned to the council are to improve executive branch management, implement the president's management agenda and improve interagency information exchange. 'The council shall seek advice and information as appropriate from nonmember federal agencies, particularly smaller agencies,' the memorandum said.

Formation of the management council follows the OMB appointment last month of Mark Forman to direct the work of the Chief Information Officers Council [see story at www.gcn.com/vol20_no16/news/4511-1.html].

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